Sensis Aerospace fligh operations core processes are covered either with our mobile or portable Operations Control Centers (OCC) both composed by:
- Flight Information (FLIFO).
- Flight Planning.
- Weight and Balance.
- Briefing / Debriefing team.
- Flight Following.
- Aircraft Routing.
- Crew Management.
- Maintenance Center.
- Disruption Management.
- Ground-to-Air Communications.
The above processes are addressed by our Operations Control Center (OCC) team, before, during and after any given flight mission by the use of real-time applications that reside in the cloud so effectively any user can have access to any piece of information and change their desk’s function at the stroke of a key.
Dispatch operations and load planning: This department is at the core of what the Operations Control Center(OCC) is all about and could warrant an article on its own. At a top level, the dispatch team dispatches Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and coordinates with local authorities, air traffic if applicable and other parties, they also design the most power-efficient flight plans. They often adjust routes when events dictate such as weather, equipment issues, equipment and optics loading, electrical power management, and additional payload.The dispatchers are really the unsung heroes of any sound Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).
Weather team: Sensis Aerospace uses third-party private weather forecasters but has its own team of weather assessment and tracking weather conditions. Their forecasts are important forsafe and timely flight missions.
Fligh Crew Scheduling: They are responsible for mission crew scheduling. This team also handles hotels, layovers, duty hours, and transportation.
The Bridge: Senior staff are located here including the Network Director who is the final decision maker for network-wide and serious flight issues. plasma displays communicate real-time overall network system status, fleet status, real-time weather maps, flight completion rate, no fly areas. Animated red and green status meters indicate at a quick glance the overall rating for these aspects of operations.
Our crew is a dedicated group of professionals and technicians, they are diverse but united by the mission of generating safe, reliable and economic UAVs Drone missions along any of our twenty two UAVs applications.
- Network Director
- IT Engineer
- Operations Control Center Crew
- Application Specialist
- UAV Pilot
- UAV Optics Operator
- Mobile Control Center Driver
- Driver 1
- Driver 2
Contingency Operations Center (COC): Deployed for disruptive events such as weather, fleet malfunctions, liveware or sofware issues. Sensis COC greatly contributes toward mission accomplishment.
Sensis Aerospace UAS are equipped with fast deploy M.A.R.S. emergency parachute system, we are proud to count ourselves among the very few UAS developers with such level of redundancy and emergency procedures. If a Sensis Aerospace UAV goes down for any unforecast reason, the M.A.R.S. parachute system will assure no harm to persons or property on the ground as a result of a smooth touch down.
Each and every one Sensis Aerospace Drone mission at any of our applications takes into consideration the following factors before deployment:
- Flight Information (FLIFO)
- Flight Planning
- Weight and Balance
- Briefing / Debriefing team
- Flight Following
- Aircraft Routing
- Crew Management
- Maintenance Center
- Disruption Management
- Ground-to-Air Communications
- Customer Support & Communications
Our Operations Protocols can be comprised in the following theory:
- We treat our unmanned Drones and UAVs as if they were manned.
- We thoroughly check our liveware, software and hardware before each mission.
- Our mission procedures are coupled to those used by airlines around the world.
- We require our operations crew the use of checklists and safety briefings at every stage of each mission. These informational job aids are used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention.
- Our operations crew goes thru initial and recurrent training and evaluations before being listed as crew.
- We have implemented Crew Resource Management procedures at Sensis Aerospace.
- We firmly believe the best safety device is a well trained pilot and a collaborative crew.
- We encourage open communication along our team in our quest to avoid human error.